CT moonshiner, raceway among state aid awardees


Another five Connecticut small businesses -- in Manchester, Middlebury, North Haven, Rocky Hill and Stafford Springs -- have qualified for assistance through the state's Small Business Express Program, the governor says.

The businesses announced Friday are:

North Haven Ceramic Tile & Floor Covering qualified for a revolving loan of $100,000, to buy additional inventory and hire subcontractors. The company will retain 10 jobs.

Weise Choice Tree Services, Middlebury, is receiving a revolving loan of $26,000, a matching grant of $26,260, and investing company funds of $26,260 in the latest mobile access software for crews in the field, computers and other machinery and equipment. The company will add one position.

Onyx Spirits Co. of Manchester, Connecticut's first legal moonshine maker, will invest $165,235, plus a $100,000 matching grant, in hiring and training employees, increasing production capacity and expanding distribution throughout New England.

Stafford Motor Speedway will combine its own $78,000 and a matching grant for the same amount to make capital improvements, including repair of a deteriorating racetrack surface. The company has been a destination for auto racing enthusiasts from across southern New England since 1970. The project will retain four jobs.

Enermore LLC in Rocky Hill is receiving a $150,000 loan and a $100,000 matching grant. The funds will be invested with $1.45 million of company money in developing a new line of consumer skin care products and marketing them domestically and internationally. Enermore is creating three new jobs.